Airlines and Essential Oils

For those of us who may only travel once or twice a year by way of the airlines, it may be difficult or a bit of a pain to relearn the carry-on/checked baggage rules of the the TSA. This only gets more complicated when you love your essential oils and can’t decide which to bring, how many, or how to pack them.

Here’s the rule of thumb: Liquids (as well as gels and aerosols) are generally permitted in carry-on bags in amounts of 3.4 oz or less per container, stored in a 1qt ziplock bag, with one of these bags per passenger. This bag should be easily accessible in the carry on, as TSA officers will require that it be placed in a bin during the security screening. Any other liquids in quantities of more than 3.4 oz should be placed securely in the checked baggage. Here’s a great graphic by the TSA that makes the decision a little more simple.

Also, here’s a great TSA link to check out. It has an A to Z list of all of the possible items one might bring onto a airplane and the guidelines for packing them… or for that matter, not bringing them at all because they are not permitted.

So, now that I’m sure I can bring my oils, the big question is: Christine, do you really need every oil you own? Well, if you mean NEED, then no. But truth be told, I really WANT to bring all of them. Here is what I decided to pack:

Lavender (no doubt): this is such a versatile oil that it has to be packed. Good for burns (including sunburn), inflammation, relaxation, sleep.

Peppermint: Peppermint is a cooling oil and can be added to FCO and applied to skin to induce cooling, food for fevers, headache, motion sickness, tummy upset (add a drop to herbal tea)

Melaleuca: melaleuca is a powerful antiseptic… good for cleaning scrapes and scratches. It can also be used in disinfectant sprays. Its excellent acne, add to your shampoo to improve the condition of your scalp. It also has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

OnGuard: This is a wonderful protective blend that can boost your immunity. This is something I have always felt like I needed before and during travel.

Roll ons: Because I don’t use chemical perfumes, I’d be lost without my rollerballs. My favorites are Motvation, Cheer, Neroli, and Jasmine.

Traveling is a lot of fun and you can bring your oils with you. Be safe.

Christine

Please note that I’m a teacher not a doctor and as such, this information is not intended to replace sound medical advice.  Please see a physician should you have medical concerns.

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Small Steps Toward Psoriasis Relief

Having recently been told that I have a form a Psoriasis to go along with other things I have, I recently began exploring how I might use natural healing to correct or cope or lessen the outbreaks. I tend to be someone who hangs out in the psychological and neurological areas of health malfunction, so it’s taken some research to learn about this new area. As I am not a doctor and this is natural wellness blog based on my personal experience I will discuss this from my point of view and encourage you, too, to research. I’ll post my sources at the bottom as a place you might want to start.

What is Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up quickly on the skin’s, forming scales and red patches. It’s itchy, red and sometimes painful.

There are several types of Psoriasis and mine has been called an autoimmune disease, but the specialist you see is based on the type you have. For example mine largely manifests itself through the skin, so I am seeing a dermatologist.

What Causes Psoriasis

My doctor simply stated that my body is attacking my skin. My research tells me that she isn’t far from accurate. While the cause isn’t fully understood it’s related to an immune system problem. According to the Mayo Clinic, “T cells normally travel through the body to defend against foreign substances, such as viruses or bacteria, but if you have psoriasis, the T cells attack healthy skin cells by mistake, as if to heal a wound or to fight an infection.”

Overactive T cells also trigger increased production of healthy skin cells, more T cells and other white blood cells, especially neutrophils. These travel into the skin causing redness and sometimes pus in pustular lesions. Dilated blood vessels in psoriasis-affected areas create warmth and redness in the skin lesions.”

Why? What Triggers This?

Well, there’s a boatload of possible triggers, mainly because doctors aren’t completely sure of the triggers. One thing they can say is that genetics plays a role. Although, the community does feel that there are triggers that that start a flare up or make one worse:

  • Stress: This is huge for me, as the outbreak occurred after the death of my husband in January 2017
  • Obesity
  • Infections
  • Injury to the skin
  • Smoking and Heavy Alcohol Consumption
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Certain Medications

Treatment
While my doctor was able to answer my question about what was going on with me and prescribe topical cream medication and an antihistamine-type drug, I’m not ready to go with these medications just yet.

I decided to try some wellness strategies and essential oils. I started by seeing what I could do to effectively moisturize and (hopefully) not need the topical cream medication. Plus I had also read that it’s important to keep my skin super moisturized and be sure to bathe daily to remove the excess skin cells. Thinking along this line I pulled out my books and recipes and created a moisturizing lotion for the most affected areas. Keep in mind the following: I like to take small steps, I am not suffering from a form of psoriasis that covers large portions of my body, and as far as I know, I do not have any complications as a result.

Here’s my Small Steps Natural Healing Lotion:

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Emulsifying wax (You can add more if you want it thicker next time)
1/2 teaspoon Stearic Acid (this is a stabilizer derived from plant oils)
1/3 cup sweet almond oil
1/2 cup distilled Water
10 drops lemon essential oil (preservative)
2 tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin
15 to 25 drops Essential Oils (I used 10 drops Lavender, 8 drops Geranium, 3 Rosemary, 3 Helichrysum) All of these oils are healing, anti-inflammatory and soothing, as well as super good and nourishing for the skin.

Directions

Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid and glycerin in the top part of a double boiler. Warm this slowly over a low heat until the wax is melted. This may take some time. That’s ok. Take the time.

While you’re waiting, warm the water just until lukewarm.

After the contents of the double boiler have melted, slowly pour the water into the oil, stirring briskly with a whisk until the mixture is a uniform color. As you can see, mine was both the color and consistency of milk.

Stir in your choices of essential oils. Pour into a 4oz glass pumpable bottle (note here: you should replace the straw of the pump if you can not clean it between batches to avoid bacterial build up.) Allow it to cool before putting the lid on.

And here’s a trick I learned: The oil and water components of the lotion will separate as it cools. Shake the bottle every 10 to 20 minutes to re-mix them. Once the lotion has cooled completely, they’ll stay mixed.

Store in a cool, dark place.

**As a side note: I now use this lotion on my tattoos straight from day one. I have to say, it’s highly moisturizing and the essential oils I selected are also wonderfully soothing and healing for tattoo aftercare.

Next Steps

Aside from this first small step, I also want to evaluate my diet and slowly transition to anti-inflammatory foods. Also, I plan to be more mindful about the emotional wellness that essential oils can offer me, with goal of relieving stress and becoming more grounded.

If you’ve tried my lotion or want to share your story, please definitely comment.

If you’re interested in exploring essential oils to support your wellness, fill out this form and I’ll personally get in touch with you.

Sources:

https://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355840

https://draxe.com/psoriasis-diet-5-natural-cures/

https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis

Relieve Restlessness Leg Syndrome

Over the years, my restless legs syndrome has gotten worse so that it’s just not at night. It affects car rides, sitting in classes or meetings, and even if I fall asleep anytime during the day. 😣

I’m super tired of medication for everything, so I decided to try my oils (honestly, not expecting anything bc at the time I felt so defeated).

I ADMIT TO YOU NOW… I WAS WRONG!!!

As with any remedy, you must use it for it to work, but when I do… NOT a single twitch, jump, or need to shake or constantly move my legs.😃

👏 THIS IS A GAME CHANGER for me. 👏

🌿Here’s what I did:🌿

2.4 oz unscented lotion (Right now I’m using a commercial brand, but I plan on making my own next time)
40 drops Frankincense
10 drops Copaiba

Combine well and place in a travel squeeze bottle. I do recommend a small glass pump bottle rather than the one pictured here. Essential oils can break down plastic allowing the chemicals to leach into the mixture.

Use: I’ve been massaging this lotion onto the bottom of my feet at night…sometimes before bed, sometimes when I sit down to relax. A-MAZ-ING!

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Reuse Empty Essential Oil Bottles

They’re cute. So perfect. They fit in the palm of our hand and they feel oh, so good there. They are the vessels of wellness; and in their time of need, we don’t want to just throw them out. So… what then?

Dramatic? Maybe. But I know, deep down, you feel the same way. Here are some ideas for reusing your treasured essential oil bottles.

For the ideas directly below, do not wash the bottles:

  • If you’re anything like me, you love sharing a good thing. Use the last drops in your bottles to share with your friends!
  • Take the lid off and set your favorite one in the corner of your dresser drawer or shelf of your closet.
  • Place an empty Purify or Lemon in the bottom of the garbage can.
  • Leave one in the side of your car door. Oooh, lavender or Citrus Bliss
  • Fill a squat mason jar with epsom salt and bury your empties in the jar. The salts will absorb the oils and then the salt will make an excellent detox bath.

For the rest of the list, you want to wash your bottles first. Use water and a tad of Castile soap. Then, to remove strong scents, fill the bottle with baking soda and allow to sit overnight, rinsing out in the morning.

  1. Use it as a mini-vase for those tiny blue bells and wild orchids. This is also a good vase for those little picked “flowers” that our toddlers bring to use.
  2. Use this clean amber bottle as a container for new blends that you love instead of buying new empty bottles.
  3. Use a couple for portable Fractionated Coconut Oil. This is always good to have with you in case you need to dilute on the spot or you’ve used a hot oil that needs dilution. NOTE: never use water to dilute a hot oil if you experience too much heat or burning. Oil and water do not mix and so the water will simply make it worse. FCO will dilute the essential oil.
  4. Turn clean bottles into a portable bug repellent spray or roll-on. Mix up several and keep them in the diaper bag, purse, backpack, sport equipment bag… You can purchase rollerballs and spray tops here and find bug repellent recipes here.
  5. I’ve heard that some people use them to start their seedlings. I think you must have to keep an eye on them so they can be transferred before the roots are too much for the bottle.

Do you have any other ideas for reusing your essential oil bottles? I’d love to hear about them. Please, share them in the comments so others can benefit from your ideas.

Until next time, take the Small Steps…they get you there too and you can enjoy the journey.

Christine

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